CVG: People remember FFVII for its enchanting story, endearing characters and vast, open world, but our foremost memory will always be dressing Cloud up as a prostitute to sneak into a knocking shop.
It was Squaresoft's curious sense of humour and love of the absurd that made it so appealing. Gamers jaded by the humourless Tolkien-inspired fantasy worlds that dominated the genre immediately fell in love with the near-future steampunk setting and Tetsuya Nomura's striking character designs. But beyond its JPRG peculiarities lay a game with incredible depth and variety that you could play for a hundred hours and never get bored of.
It was a masterclass in narrative and pacing, with a story that people still excitedly discuss and debate to this day. The basic premise is that you, a mercenary hired by eco-terrorists, are fighting against a mega-corporation making its money from sucking the life out of the planet and converting it to electricity.